Mexico Establishes a Conservation Parliamentary Group in Its 64th Legislature

October 16, 2018
Mexico Establishes a Conservation Parliamentary Group in Its 64th Legislature

On the 16th of October the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF) held a launch dinner for Mexico’s Conservation Parliamentary Group (GPCM) of the 64th Legislature. The event was the official initiation of the GPCM’s efforts moving forward, and a way for legislators to forge connections and identify priority environmental and sustainable development topics to be tackled in the near future.

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Seventeen legislators from both Chambers attended the dinner, including Senators Jorge Carlos Ramirez Marin, Vice President of the Board of Directors; Eduardo Murat Hinojosa, President of the Environmental and Natural Resources and Climate Change Commission; Susana Harp, President of the Cultural Commission; Emilio Alvarez Icaza and Indira Kempis Martinez. Also in attendance were Deputies Irma Juan Carlos, President of the Commission of Indigenous Communities; Sergio Mayer Breton, President of the Cultural Commission; Silvia Garza Galvan, Subcoordinator of the Environmental and Urban Development of the National Action Party; Xochitl Zagal, Coordinator of the Environmental Committee of Morena; Isabel Guerra Villareal; Armando Gonzalez Escoto; Maria del Carmen Bautista; Graciela Zavaleta; Abril Alcala Padilla; Carlos Morales Vazquez; Iran Santiago Manuel; and Guadalupe Ramos Sotelo.

ICCF Global Policy Director Bill Millan gave the welcoming address to the attending legislators, outlining the function and successes of conservation caucuses around the world. He gave tribute to Mexico’s GPCM of the 63rd legislature, which was comprised of about thirty members who tackled issues such as the management of forest communities as an alternative to promote conservation of Mexican ecosystems and generate social wellbeing; the importance of linking the forest agenda with that of sustainable development; the forging of conservation-oriented thinking in communities and protected areas; the cooperation of North America for the implementation of CITES; and the combatting of illegal wildlife trafficking. Dr. Andres Avila, Executive Director of POLEA, emphasized the importance of legislative work to promote the environmental agenda to a higher level in Mexico’s political agenda and initiate the materialization of concrete legislation and policy.

The conservation priorities of the seventeen attending legislators parallel well with the new Government of Mexico, and they have committed to cooperate on topics such as the importance of pollinators, regulating single-use plastics, the management of protected natural areas, the linkage between biodiversity and culture, and emphasizing the importance of the indigenous communities.

The GPCM of the 64th legislature from this moment is integrated with twenty-one members of both Chambers. In this way, Mexico continues to advance in its conservation leadership with a solid group of congressmen and -women who are committed to the environmental agenda.

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